Paradise is derived from the Greek word paradeisos, which itself originated from an ancient Persian term which meant a wooded park. It's used only three times in the New Testament in most Bible translations, referring once to God's abode in heaven and twice to the future Kingdom of God on earth. In the Old Testament, a similar Hebrew word, pardace, was used once to describe a verdant forest, and twice for an bountiful orchard. The Septuagint (the pre-Christian Greek translation of the Old Testament) used "paradise" to translate another Hebrew word for the Garden of Eden which actually meant a fenced garden.
Hebrew References To Pardace In The Old Testament
"And I said to the king, "If it pleases the king, let letters be given me to the governors of the province beyond the river, that they may let me pass through until I come to Judah; and a letter to Asaph, the keeper of the king's forest [Hebrew pardace], that he may give me timber to make beams for the gates of the fortress of the temple, and for the wall of the city, and for the house which I shall occupy." And the king granted me what I asked, for the good hand of my God was upon me." (Nehemiah 2:7-8 RSV) (see Nehemiah)
"I made myself gardens and parks [Hebrew pardace], and planted in them all kinds of fruit trees. I made myself pools from which to water the forest of growing trees." (Ecclesiastes 2:5-6 RSV) (see Solomon)
"Your shoots are an orchard [Hebrew pardace] of pomegranates with all choicest fruits, henna with nard, nard and saffron, calamus and cinnamon, with all trees of frankincense, myrrh and aloes, with all chief spices - a garden fountain, a well of living water, and flowing streams from Lebanon." (Song of Solomon 4:13-15 RSV) (see Herbs Of The Bible)
References To Paradeisos In The New Testament
"One of the criminals who were hanged railed at Him, saying, "Are you not the Christ? Save Yourself and us!" But the other rebuked Him, saying, "Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? And we indeed justly; for we are receiving the due reward of our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong." And he said, "Jesus, remember me when You come into Your Kingdom." And He said to him, "Truly I say to you today, you will be with Me in Paradise." (Luke 23:39-43 RSV)
"I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven - whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows. And I know that this man was caught up into Paradise - whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows - and he heard things that cannot be told, which man may not utter." (2 Corinthians 12:2-4 RSV)
"He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who conquers I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.'" (Revelation 2:7 RSV)
Fact Finder: What are some of the many Scriptural references that describe what a peaceful, wonderful place earth will be for the repentant after The Return Of Jesus Christ?
Micah 4:1-3, Revelation 22:1-5
See also Why Is Christ Returning? and The Kingdom of God and The River Of Life
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